Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “The Spirit,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This continues the series, “Chosen Words,” where we will journey through John 13-17 over the next number of weeks.
1. When you think of the Holy Spirit, what comes to your mind?
2. This week we continue our series, “Chosen Words,” by looking at Jesus words about the Holy Spirit in John14:15-31 and 15:26-16:15. Before you read these two passages of Scripture aloud, take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you read His word.
3. The word ‘Advocate’ (Greek: parakletos) appears four times (14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7) in these two passages we are studying. The term literally means helper, advocate or intercessor. In chapter 14, what is Jesus telling His disciples – and us – about the Holy Spirit by His instruction around the term ‘Advocate’?
4. This first passage we are looking at, John 14:15-31, falls between Jesus’ repetitions of the phrase, “Do not let your hearts be troubled”(14:1, 27). How might Jesus’ teaching on the Holy Spirit address the coming troubles in which the disciples will find themselves?
5. At the end of John, chapter 15, Jesus talks about the challenges His followers will face at the hands of others (15:18-25). He follows this by talking about the Holy Spirit and His disciples testifying about Him (15:26-27). What do you think the connection is here between trouble and testifying? What does it mean that the Holy Spirit and the disciples must testify about Jesus?
6. How are you personally testifying about Jesus in your life? Can you give an example? How have you worked with the Holy Spirit in this?
7. The phrase “Spirit of truth” appears three times (14:17; 15:26; 16:13) in the passages we are studying. Consider this phrase in light of Jesus’ words in John 14:26 and 16:13. What is the Holy Spirit’s work in relation to truth? What truth is being talked about?
8. In what ways have you experienced the Holy Spirit as an advocate or spirit of truth in your life? How might you want to grow in this way?
9. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you about life with the Holy Spirit through this study? How will that shape your life in the next week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.
[Next week we will hear from guest speaker, Pastor Oscar Muriu, of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. The 40-day journey associated with the “Chosen Words” series will still continue through the week.]